London's Thames to See Tidal Energy
A trial project is underway in London’s famous Thames River. Tidal energy turbines are being tested in the river in a joint venture between newly formed Thames Tidal and Nautricity—a tidal technology developer. Energy Invest Group is also partaking in the project as a financier and developer. Following a successful trial run, the two companies plan to install hundreds of tidal turbines in the river, capable of powering 35,000 homes.
The trial will use Nautricity’s CoRMaT tidal turbine design—a small capsule-style design. The trial is being conducted just adjacent to the famous HQS Wellington, a permanently moored ship located at Temple Steps in London’s center.
If the trial proves successful, then turbines will be installed along the Thames from Westminster to Margate.
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Nautricity Chief Executive Cameron Johnstone says, "The demonstration project gives us a real opportunity to demonstrate [how] tidal electricity facilities using Nautricity's tidal turbines can be good neighbors with existing river users while making a significant contribution to our national carbon reduction goals."
The project will be developed over the course of several years. Initial development efforts will be geared toward reassuring stakeholders of the project’s viability.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.